Welcome, Robin Badillo
AKA – Tyler Robbins.
1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a
dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in
the writing business?
(RB) Tyler Robbins is the pen name I use for my GLBT line of
novels. I chose to write this genre under a pseudonym so the stories would have
a chance to stand on their own, out from under the shadow of my other books. To
say that they’re shining all on their own would be an understatement. The first
two books have been warmly received by enthusiastic readers.
I wrote my first romance in 2004 then safely tucked it away
in a drawer, to only be seen by my eyes. After my husband passed away in 2006,
I contemplated writing again, but raising four kids alone, and trying to figure
out who the hell I was, took precedence.
After starting over from scratch, the figuring stuff out
part soon changed when that little voice in my head kept chattering away,
insisting I listen. Fortunately for me, I have terrific friends and family who have
supported my dream. The rest is history.
2. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, please share how you handle it.
(RB) I’ve dealt with writer’s block in many ways and there is no
particular quick fix. Sometimes it takes a break from writing all together;
sometimes it helps to set aside one work in progress for another, and sometimes
… well sometimes I think it will drive me to drinking.
Mostly, I just have to take some time for myself. If I don’t
find a balance, I run the risk of the little men in white coats knocking on the
door with a straight-jacket in hand, which I probably wouldn’t mind if they
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance
writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us.
With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend
(RB) Honestly? I catch up on reading, watching any episodes of Spartacus or Shameless I might have missed, and I try to get some extra sleep.
My kids fit in there somewhere, as well as an occasional
I guess you could say that I’ve traded one type of bubble
4. I know many writers keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
(RB) I hide nothing. I can’t because I write 24/7. My laptop is
practically attached to me. My dad tells people all the time that his daughter
is an author, and when I started writing male/male erotic romance, he actually
blushed and laughed and said, “Well, just do what ya’ gotta do and piss on
My kids tell their friends, but my oldest son omits the list
of genres unless someone asks, then he tells it like it is.
I saw a sign somewhere once that read, ‘Don’t regret the things you’ve done because at one time, it was
exactly what you wanted.’
I try to live my life by that ideology. I’m not ashamed, and
if people don’t like it, they don’t have to read my books. I don’t mean to sound rude, but at my age,
I’ve come to realize that I will never please everybody, and it would be a
waste of valuable time to try.
On the flip side, I’m not the type to write anything that
would go against what I deem to be tasteful and respectable.
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
(RB) Of course I love all the greats, Stephen King, some James
Patterson and even a little Anne Rice, but after becoming a published author, a
new world of writers has opened up for me.
I have found several small press authors such as, Avril
Ashton, Kendall McKenna, Xondra Day, Rebecca Brochu and Marie Medina. These
ladies and many others have tickled my fancy more than the big guys ever did.
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen,
yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see
casted in the parts?
(RB) I would love to see my first Tyler Robbins book, Beyond Honor go to the big screen,
simply because of the relevance of , ‘Don’t
ask, Don’t tell’, in today’s political and social environment.
I would get a kick out of seeing, Zach Roerig (Matt on The
Vampire Diaries) in the role of Jared Prophet.
As for Michael Crest, I think a darker-haired Chace Crawford (from Gossip Girl) would be a perfect fit.
Army Medic, Private Michael Crest, is quite content in his life with the exception of one thing—he’s in need of a good man and has his sights set on another medic, Specialist Jared Prophet.
The problem? Jared’s in deep denial about his sexuality.
After an unexpected, erotic exchange, Jared decides his only recourse is to distance himself from Michael and plans a trip to his family’s lake-house with friends, which would have worked, if one of his friends hadn’t invited Michael to tag along.
As a tropical storm hits the Texas Gulf Coast, the two men give into unbridled passion. But more than the weather gets rough when the storm passes and Jared learns his parents are among the missing.
Can the lovers endure the fallout or will unearthed truths prove more devastating than any natural disaster?
After all, just because they aren’t gonna ask, doesn’t mean they want you to tell…
7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now?
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.
(RB) At the moment, I’m working on another M/M military type
story dealing with two very important aspects of war; a brother’s grief over
the loss of his older brother who’s been killed in action, and an ex-soldier
struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
It’s not all romance and passion. I try to tackle real
issues that everyday people can relate to.
8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
(RB) Both of Tyler Robbins’ books can be found at Evernight
Publishing and many other third party retailors at the links below:
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?
(RB) I can be found on my own personal blog, Facebook and
Twitter. Add me as a friend or follow me. I am always up to something fun!
Blog: Tyler’s Naughty
10. Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
(RB) I’d love to encourage readers to challenge themselves to
step outside of their normal reading box sometime. You never know the treasures
you’ll find hiding under a genre you might have never considered before. Happy
I hope you enjoyed my interview
with Robin Badillo. If you have any questions or comments for her, by all
means, leave a message below. Thank you in advance for your